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Teams primed as kick-off beckons

Friday, January 4, 2019

Abu Dhabi: It's all systems go for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 with teams having touched down in the four cities that will host the Continental showpiece which kicks off on Saturday.

In what will be the largest and best AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, 24 teams will vie for the title with matches to be played in eight stadiums in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah.

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Australia, bidding to defend the title won on home soil in 2015, have been hard at work with head coach Graham Arnold putting his players through their paces.

📷 #AsianCup2019 preparation in Al Ain. #TogetherAsOne #GoSocceroos @afcasiancup

— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) January 3, 2019

China PR too have been working hard as Marcello Lippi's players have undergone several training sessions since arriving in the UAE.

China 🇨🇳 players put through their paces in the training session in UAE ahead of first kick-off against Kyrgyz Republic on Jan 7! #AsianCup2019

— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 4, 2019

Iraq have also arrived as the West Asians look to replicate their title-winning form of 2007. Having finished fourth four years ago, Iraq will definitely be a team to watch out for in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

Photos: AFC, Tristan Furney (FFA)

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